Weapons charges are pursued by both California and Federal law enforcement officials. Weapons charges may qualify as felony or serious misdemeanor offenses, or significant felony charges and can result in serious criminal penalties, including large fines, terms and conditions, as well as jail and prison terms. Unfortunately, the people accused of these crimes are often unknowingly in possession of an illegal weapon or legally purchased a weapon in another state or country that they did not register in California.
Some weapons charges are related to the possession of firearms or weapons themselves, such as the unlawful possession of a firearm. Others are related to the use or possession of the weapon in conjunction with another criminal offense, resulting in more serious charges and enhanced penalties. California enforces numerous laws regulating the use and possession of weapons. Some of the more common charges include the following: